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Harriet Island

"Who the hell are the Zombies?" you wonder. "I mean, have I ever heard even one Zombies song?" Time for a brief education: In the 1960s, the Zombies were one of many post-Beatlemania groups attempting to ride the coattails of the so-called British Invasion alongside hopefuls whose impact was at least good for a handful of singles (Herman's Hermits) and others who only collectors remember now (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch). Guided by Colin Blumstone's interior-monologue expressions of melancholy and Rod Argent's depressive melodics, they scored a pair of singles that continue to dominate classic-rock radio to this day: "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There," both from 1965. (Vinyl-bin hound Quentin Tarantino cherry-picked the latter for the soundtrack to 2004's Kill Bill 2.) But 1968's dynamite "Time of the Season" is the Zombies' immortal trump card, a rare display of macho swagger—"What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me?"—from an outfit that spent much of its time agonizing over its chick trouble or lack thereof. With Eddie Money. All ages. Free. 7 p.m. Across the Robert Street Bridge from downtown, St. Paul; 651.266.6400. —Ray Cummings


The Dodos

Triple Rock Social Club

The Zombies ask the timeless question: "WhoÕs your daddy?"
The Zombies ask the timeless question: "WhoÕs your daddy?"

Don't be disappointed when you don't see twirling batons and elephants parading behind the Dodos next Tuesday. Just hang on. I know you've loved the circus since you were a kid and blah blah blah. But acrobats or no, these dudes can hold their own. The San Francisco duo and Pitchfork faves are touring on the heels of their sophomore release, Visiter. Their hyperactive and gamelan-esque instrumentation thrum under velvety, atmospheric vocals. They sound a lot like Panda Bear, actually. Visiter was released on Frenchkiss Records, former and/or current home of Twin Cities acts such as Plastic Constellations, Sean Na Na, and the Hold Steady. For Pitchfork-ophiles: The site describes the band's live act as "astounding." With the Absent Arch and Sin Horses. All ages. $12.50. 5 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7499. —Jessica Chapman

George Michael

Xcel Energy Center

Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Neil Diamond, oh my! This latest season of American Idol—which culminated in a dispiritingly predictable David vs. David showdown, remember—was reliably heavy on star power. Yet the only memorable performance arrived during the season finale, when a dapper, subdued George Michael emerged for a few precious moments to make Paula Abdul weep and remind America why, exactly, we used to worship him. Foregoing his big pop hits—the bodacious, scandalous "I Want Your Sex," say, or the subsequently mangled-by-Fred Durst "Faith"—the British crooner brought down the house with a rendition of his 1990 ballad "Praying for Time" that effortlessly put everyone who'd taken the same stage before him to shame. Don't believe me? YouTube it en route to buying your ticket. $52-$177. 8 p.m. 175 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651.726.8240. —Ray Cummings

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